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Our Top Criteria for Buying a Lake Home

Key Factors in Our Real Estate Search

Have you read my recent “99 real estate problems” post! If not, I’d recommend reading it before diving into this blog post for more context! Within it, I discuss our initial challenges with our current real estate search for a smaller second home. Everything from dealing with all cash offers and this crazy hot market. Today, I wanted to walk through our list of lake home criteria. After all, beyond the market concerns, we also have a laundry list of expectations. Shocker, haha!

I’ve Got 99 Problems and Real Estate is One.

What to Do When You Struggle with Real Estate

Confession – I suck at real estate. Clearly it’s not my full-time job nor am I am a licensed broker. But in my “dream” scenario, I’m wheeling and dealing with the likes of Josh Flagg and Tracy Tudor. The offers, the contingencies, the negotiations – oh my! 🙂 But no, that’s not my actual reality.

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The Best Picks from the Serena and Lily Sale

20% Off Your Entire Order with Code NEWSEASON

The Serena and Lily sale is here! Get 20% off your entire order during their Fall Design Event with the code: “NEWSEASON.” This includes almost everything site wide! Thinking of finally getting counter stools, a new headboard, or outdoor furniture? Now’s the time!

Is Everyone Leaving Chicago? Why We’ve Seen an Illinois Exodus.

And Will We Leave too?

Lately, several friends have asked if there’s been an exodus in Chicago. “Is it really true about what’s happening in Chicago?” “Is everyone really leaving? Simply put, yes – there’s been an Illinois exodus. However, Chicago itself has actually grown.

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Preparing for SmileCycle and Your Best Invisalign Treatment Advice

Why I Picked SmileCycle and What's Next

I hate going to the dentist. Like… palms sweaty, knees weak, mom’s spaghetti-type of hate (lol). Granted, that’s true of really any doctor appointment. But I digress…While my deep hatred of all things dental has been a deterrent in the past, I’ve wanted to straighten my teeth for some time. Therefore, I’ve chosen to invest in Invisalign (well, technically SmileCycle… but more on that later). Today, I wanted to dive into why I chose that method, the process and the best Invisalign treatment advice I’ve received to date.

The Best Amazon Buys So Far this Year

Top Items We're Loving Lately

Today, I’m excited to share some of our top Amazon purchases so far this year. Prior to 2020, I wasn’t a big Amazon gal (seriously). Yes, Amazon is taking over the world and making things more convenient for consumers along the way. But frankly, I didn’t rely on Prime since I was working and traveling so much. While a fabulous option, I was always on the road and never had a “I need… insert item” right now type of situation.

How to Combat the End of Summer Slump

Advice on the August Blues

Anyone else feeling that end of summer slump? Not “slump” in terms of being lazy. Quite the opposite actually! For me, work, travel, and life have been at a Mario Andretti-like pace. It’s not about acting sluggish, it’s about feeling sluggish.Are you experiencing the same thing?

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